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Jewish settlers are terrorising Palestinians, says Israeli general

A senior Israeli army commander has warned that unchecked "Jewish terror" against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank threatens to plunge the territory into another conflict.

Israelis kill Palestinian in West Bank mosque arrest

Israeli troops shot dead a 21-year-old Palestinian man yesterday during an arrest operation in the occupied West Bank.

West Bank law causes rift over right to show dissent

A Coalition of Israeli human rights groups said yesterday that it would ask the country's Supreme Court to scrap a new law that makes it illegal to boycott Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Israel's hardliners seek to outlaw settlement boycotts

Israeli politicians were last night debating a bill that would punish any of its nationals who call for a cultural, academic or economic boycott of Jewish settlements on occupied Palestinian territory.

Pro-Palestinian 'flytilla' stopped at airports by Israeli security

Israel detained dozens of pro-Palestinian activists yesterday at its main airport and deterred hundreds more from boarding flights to Israel in a security operation ridiculed by domestic media as excessive.

Afghans' road to Brazil riven with potholes

Politics almost derailed their World Cup qualifier in Palestine today and getting there was nightmare

Palestinians to seek UN state recognition

The West Bank Palestinian leadership formally decided to press ahead with efforts in September to win United Nations recognition of a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.

Israel tears down part of West Bank barrier

Israel yesterday tore down a section of its contentious West Bank separation barrier, near a village that has come to symbolise Palestinian opposition to the enclosure.

Impasse as Hamas rejects Fatah's nomination for prime minister

The Hamas militant group yesterday rejected the rival Fatah movement's nominee for prime minister, complicating plans to unify the duelling governments in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and jeopardising international aid for the Palestinians.

Settlers suspected in West Bank mosque attack

Israeli settlers were suspected of attempting to burn down a mosque in the occupied West Bank yesterday, drawing the condemnation of both Israeli and Palestinian officials.

East Jerusalem homes dedication 'provocative'

Israeli right-wing politicians defiantly dedicated new Jewish homes in the heart of Arab-dominated East Jerusalem yesterday, less than a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed in a much-hyped speech that he would never divide Jerusalem.

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15 wounded in Gaza during Palestinian march

Israel fired two tank shells and several rounds from machine guns as Gazans approached the heavily fortified border with Israel on Sunday, wounding at least 15 youths, a Palestinian health official said. One of the wounded was in critical condition.

Israel stops hairdressers travelling to West Bank

It would have been a chance to exchange ideas, compete against their peers, and brush up on the latest styling techniques, but for hairdressers living in conservative Gaza, it was a step too far.

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